Team investigating shipwreck in gulf discovers two others

Shipwreck team finds two others

Marine archaeologists examining a well-preserved shipwreck nearly a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Galveston, Texas, made a thrilling discovery this week — two nearby vessels that were likely sailing with the ship when they all went down in a storm. Researchers led by a team from Texas State University in San Marcos say the shipwrecks are the deepest — 4,363 feet down — that archaeologists have examined in the gulf and in North America. In eight days of exploration ending Wednesday, some 60 artifacts were recovered from the first vessel, including musket parts, ceramic dishes, clothing and a toothbrush. Officials say the ships likely are from the early 19th century.

Cancer risk may rise with height

A woman's cancer risk appears to increase with her height, a study shows. An analysis of 20,928 postmenopausal women showed that the taller a woman is, the greater her risk for cancers including breast, colon and skin cancer. The finding, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, is not expected to change screening recommendations and shouldn't alarm those with a tall stature. Instead, scientists say, the association between height and cancer may help guide researchers to study hormones and growth factors that influence height and may also play a role in cancer.

Oldest man calls New York home

A 112-year-old musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado in Grand Island, N.Y., is the world's oldest man, according to Guinness World Records Ltd. Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez got the title when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116. The world's oldest person at 115 is a woman, Misao Okawa of Japan.

Times wires

Team investigating shipwreck in gulf discovers two others 07/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:40pm]

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